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  • Marcel by Eda Akaltun

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marcel is a happy little dog.  He lives in New York but he's in the more urban area, not uptown.  So they have parks and greens and he can see forever.  He has his human and he's content.  Then his human gets a boyfriend...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published September 20th, so you can grab a copy now.Marcel doesn't need two humans.  And he sure doesn't need this human taking his human's attention away from him.  But he won't go away.  Soon they're engaged.  And now we're Read More
  • Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hilda tells her mother she's visiting friends but Mom finds out she isn't.  She's just running around wild having adventures of her own.  Her mother tells her it's dangerous and grounds her.  Then she gets in trouble again and becomes housebound.  Does that keep her home?  Noooo....Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th, so you can grab a copy then.This time, when Hilda tries to leave her Mom grabs her hand and goes along.  The bad news?  They have no idea where they are and Read More
  • At the Beach & Shapes Are Fun by Katja Spitzer

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here are two mini books from Flying Eye Books that will teach your child about shapes and what's at the beach.  They're tough enough for small hands and they offer clear illustrations to help your child learn.Flying Eye Books sent me copies of these two books to read for review (thank you).  They have been published so you can find a copy now.Shapes is a bit repetitive but that will help your child retain the right name for the shape.  There are also pictures where you can look for the shape and identify it as you go along.At the Beach Read More
  • Solstice HC by Steven T. Seagle, Moritat

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Russell Waterhouse has an obsession. He wants to find the Fountain of Youth.  He'll do anything to acquire it, even prostitute his son...Image Comics let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 5th.The father doesn't care what it costs or where it takes them, he's determined to find this mysterious fountain.  He has more than one kind of a cancer.  Only this might help him live longer.  He's not even concerned about the people who die on his expeditions; they're just collateral damage.The son would like to go to college, maybe do some artwork Read More
  • Hold a Scorpion: A Diana Poole Thriller by Melodie Johnson-Howe

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Diana goes out her front door to do some errands, she sees a lady on the other side of the freeway.  She's waving at her.  Diana has no idea who she is.  As she watches a black SUV pulls up.  The person in it scares her and she runs across the freeway.  She's hit and killed.  The cops want to know who she is.  Diana can't answer that question...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.If you want to read a story with unconventional characters, Read More
  • Mirror: The Mountain TP by Emma Ríos, Art by Hwei Lim

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is like a dark fairy tale.  The artwork by Hwei Lim draws you in and makes you wonder about what you're being shown.  The story seduces you and keeps you reading...Image Comics allowed me to read a copy of this novel for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.A colony of humans was looking for a new world to live on.  The one they found had sentient animals.  The people have a mage with them, even if he's undeveloped.  What they don't realize is that there is something else there.Humans, Read More
  • Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents are getting divorced, so she goes to stay with her father in Scotland for the summer.  She can't believe he lives in a town that only has a few over four hundred people in it.  It's like it's lost.  Maybe that's why it's named Journey's End.  There's no place to go once you get there...G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.The first thing Nolie notices is a young boy walking on the beach by the sea.  When she Read More
  • Brian and Wendy Froud's The Pressed Fairy Journal of Madeline Cottington by Brian Froud, Wendy Froud

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She sees things out of the corner of her eye.  We all do at times but hers seem to resemble fairies.  Could it be true?Abrams allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th, so you can grab a copy then.I read Lady Cottington's book so this was a natural choice for me.  I liked it even better than the first book.When Maddie mentions what she's seeing, her father gets very angry and tells her he doesn't want to hear about it.  He won't tell her anything about his parents or grandparents or Read More
  • The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P. D. James

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    P D James has always written good mysteries so this opportunity to read some of her short stories ws just too good to be missed.Knopf and Edelweiss gave me the chance to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.The story I found most intriguing was her memory of a family Christmas where someone died.  This was not fiction.  She thought she knew who had done it but found out years later she was wrong.  It's interesting that she had been around a murder in her real life.You have a few stories about Adam Dalgliesh, Read More
  • The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Who hasn't heard of the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales?  They died long ago but their tales are still being rehashed, reprinted and admired.  This book is a tribute to them of sorts and the sculpture shown within really adds to the themes and concepts of the stories.Arthur A Levine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.There is a bit of history of the brothers and their publishing successes and failures.  Then the book moves into the fairy tales.  There's a synopsis of each story and, in Read More
  • Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max is in town, performing in a pantomine.  Edgar is doing his policeman thing and doesn't have much time to visit.  Even what time he had, he loses when two children come up missing.  The whole force is out there looking for them but they are afraid of what they will find.  It's snowing and the weather is bad.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 18th.A dog walker finds the children far away from where they were last seen and dead.  But not dead from Read More
  • Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Hamster Princess is back.  Are you ready for another dangerous romp through the woods?  Climb on your quail and let's go!Dial Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 18th.This series is full of puns and silly antics.  Harriet is volunteered by Wilbur to recover the Hydra's egg.  She's not invincible anymore but she's more brave than scared.  Off they go to find the only person who they know might have it.  Wilbur's mother told her good friend how well the Hydra cooks and that she had Read More
  • Gears of Revolution by J. Scott Savage

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Trenton and Kallista are on the hunt for her father.  He left her some clues and a mechanical dragon to fly.  Now they need to find the next clue.Shadow Mountain Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.This is an interesting read.  It's set in a world in the future which has really regressed to simpler days.  There are dragons and they kill.  The world Trenton and Kallista live in is underground in tunnels.  It's the only way to protect themselves from the dragons.  But the dragons aren't giving Read More
  • Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Frost is sixteen and alone.  She has her pet, a new creature that evolved after the world ended, and she has a robot guardian.  The robot is part robot and part her father.  He has embedded his brain in the robot.  The streets are filled with "eaters" and rogue robots.  There are also gangs to watch out for.  But her pet is sick and she's determined to find him medicine...Scholastic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.This book surprised me.  I've read a lot of dystopian Read More
  • The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads: Original Stories by Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, C. J. Box, Diana Gabaldon, Ace Atkins & Others by Patrick Millikin

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology about fast cars, high road speeds, and the games some drivers play.  Sometimes it seems like you took the road to hell...Mulholland Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 18th.This is a nice collection with several good stories to keep you glued to your chair.  I enjoyed it but I am married to man who is a car collector and I know more about them than I want to.  There are a few stories in here that will appeal to a gearhead, so be warned.The Read More
  • Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Bailey is sent to live with a grandmother she hardly knows for the summer.  Her parents are going for counseling and deciding if they still can live together.  All Bailey can do is hope for miracles...Pajama Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 12th so you can grab a copy then.When she meets the local ice cream man, he used to be a preacher and he still quotes things only he can see.  He tells her that a stranger from the sea will fix everything.  When she finds Read More
  • Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's an older cop who is home on suspension because he lost his temper at work and threatened another cop.  He's OK with that.  He'll just have another drink and forget about it.  Then he gets a phone call that lets him know his daughter was on a tour bus that got bombed.  No one knows if she's alive or not.  He's on his way before the call is over.  He's lost his son to a rip tide, no one is going to take his daughter from him!Mulholland Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They are taking her up to the big house.  She's to work in the kitchen and do other duties as required.  She doesn't want to leave her mama.  Once she's up there, she'll have to stay and sleep there; no more family time.  It doesn't matter what she wants, they come to collect her and away she goes...Scholastic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.The author does this story in verse form and it fits the story line perfectly.  It only takes a few paragraphs before Read More
  • Counterpart by Hayley Stone

    Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What do you do when part of the station is blown up and the witnesses say it was you that planted the bomb?  Rhona finds herself in front of the council trying to answer that question.  She has her own witness but since he's her bodyguard they aren't sure who to believe...Hydra and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.  This series is an intense read.  When I was invited to read the next in the series, I thought about it.  I did want to know where the author Read More
  • ¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends by Judy Martialay

    Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
     This book gives you an easy way to try out the Spanish language.  Spanish is spoken a lot in New Mexico, and I don't know any of it.  I did know some of the words introduced here and I learned some new ones also.  If your child hasn't tasted the language yet, this is a fun way to learn!The author graciously sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I enjoyed the presentation.  There was a mix of English and Spanish through out.  Some words Read More
  • A Killer Closet by Paula Paul

    Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Irene is moving back home.  She doesn't want to.  She's an assistant district attorney in Manhatten, she has a reasonable apartment and she likes living in New York.  But her mother is 70 and getting more frail.  She wants her to come home...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.She won't find a job as an attorney in New Mexico.  She can run a business, though, and her mother has contacts and fashion knowledge that will help her acquire high end used clothing and sell it on consignment.  Read More
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

    Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nick ran away because he was tired of being beaten by his uncle and bullied by his cousin.  It was a blizzard, he had no supplies and he had no idea where he was going but it had to be better, didn't it?Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published, so you can grab a copy now.This is busy tale with lots going on and it will hold anybody's attention.  Nick finds a house and asks for aid but whoever was in the trailer slammed the door almost Read More
  • Foxheart by Claire Legrand, Jaime Zollars (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was young when her parents brought her to the orphanage and left her.  The nuns took over her care, taught her chores and she was continually getting punished.  She deserved the punishment and refused to take it seriously.  She was seriously thinking about running away when the Wolf King showed up and everything went sideways!Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.They just call her Girl because she won't tell them her real name.  She manages to escape but she no longer thinks of the Wolf King Read More
  • Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge

    Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    To Helen Grace, it was just another dead body.  It was in the Torture Rooms of a local S&M club and that was of note.  It wasn't until she removed the tape from his face that she saw it was Jake.  It shook her up so bad she went outside and vomited.  She'd been his customer for about three years.  Would the investigation expose her?  She hadn't been back for two years but any records kept wouldn't keep her secret.Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)).  It will published October 4th.This Read More
  • Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat by Katie Harnett

    Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The cat who lives on Blossom Street visits every house but one.  He has several names because he belongs to no one and they all have their own name for him.  But one day, he disappears...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so you can find a copy now.The book just begs to be read aloud.  The text flows smoothly and rhymes a bit.  You can have a lot of fun saying all his names out loud, too!When they all start talking to each other about the Read More
  • Neil Gaiman's Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Neil Gaiman writes creepy stories.  Some I like, some I don't.  But I really have a thing for trolls and goblins and other magical creatures, so I had to read this one.  Especially since it was in graphic novel form.Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.This is the story of a young boy growing up with no siblings.  He read a lot, had a good imagination, and loved to wander.  He reminded me a bit of myself; my brother didn't come along until I Read More
  • The Boy with 17 Senses by Sheila Grau

    Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    If it isn't bad enough to live in a world where he sees colors, tastes letters, emotions have shapes and there are a lot more senses, then living next door to a bully whose father bought their farm out from under them is worse.  He also has animal pests in his garden that bite him.  You'd think things couldn't get worse, but the the nasty neighbor changes the river channel and they have no water for their crops...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Yipsmix is one of Read More
  • The Book Club Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series by Leslie Nagel

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charley sells vintage clothing in her store.  She's doing all she can to be successful and keep the money flow even so she joins the local bookclub.  They call themselves the Agatha's and they are the monied folks of town.  Maybe she can drum up some business by socializing with them.  She sure never expected to get involved in murder.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.Charley and Frankie are the best of friends, so they decide to do some looking into the first murder.  After all, it Read More
  • Gracie Meets a Ghost By Keiko Sena

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gracie can't see as well as she should so she has to get glasses.  I had to get glasses in grade school, too.  Did you?  Both Gracie and I could see much better with glasses.  So you don't want to lose them...Museyon allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is the cutest book.  Gracie is white and fluffy and well dressed.  Her glasses are black and stand out against her white.  She has good friends and they all go play on the mountain together and have a great time.  It's not Read More
  • The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskins

    Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It was just a routine murder case when a body was found near a dumpster wrapped in child's blanket.  Then they turned the victim over and they recognized her...Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.She's the beautiful wife of an important local attorney.  He's out of town, they aren't sure how or where she was killed, and they don't know why.  The hardest part of this case is the "why".A good portion of this story is played out in court.  The cop just knows the Read More
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